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Tarbell Rope Trick

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Tarbell Rope Trick is a routine created by Harlan Tarbell around 1920, which popularized the Cut and Restored Rope effect.
Ad in Sphinx December 1926

Effect: The performer exhibits three separate pieces of rope, each about a yard long, and ties them together with knots. He proceeds to rub the knots into nothingness between his fingers and finally shows that the three pieces have become a single, uncut, rope.

Tarbell used a gimmick which he called the "Caesar Gimmick", which later became known as the "Tarbell Gimmick".


  • TARBELL'S ROPE MYSTERY, marketed effect (1926)
  • "The Tarbell Rope Mystery" Tarbell Course in Magic (Lesson 50) (1928)
  • Lesson 66 TARBELL HINDU ROPE MYSTERIES, Tarbell Course in Magic, Volume 5 (1948)